Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs
With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world. Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations. Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond. Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.
In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities. Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard. Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.
For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map
Alumni Making a Global Impact
Q & A
What books would you recommend to others?
- Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
- Islam and Human Rights - Wharton's own Ann Elizabeth Mayer
- The Warren Buffet Way - Robert G. Hagstrom
- Orientalism - Edward Said
- Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
What is your fondest memory of Penn?
- Partaking in Wharton's pre-term Olympics where I had the chance to compete against different clusters in Soccer and tug of war!
What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
- Have a swim in the Red Sea where we have a coral reef that is among the World's most biodiverse.
Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
- There is an overwhelming number of activities to get involved in while at Penn, think ahead and prioritize what you want to do! (and yes, absolutely get involved in extra-curricula’s!)
What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
- I believe that the agricultural mechanization strategy which I played a leading role in developing will be able to impact the livelihoods of the nearly 70 MM smallholder farmers in Ethiopia who now do not have access to it.
Who inspires you?
- My mother is my biggest inspiration, she is a pioneer in Saudi Arabia, being the first woman in the country to create and run her own professional services company.
What is your favorite Penn tradition?
- Wharton in particular has a great tradition when it comes to their Welcome Weekend for newly admitted candidates. It was a great way to have fun and learn about the school!
What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
- I have many favourites! My most distinct is being taught "Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership" by Adam Grant.
What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
- I took part in both professional, political and cultural clubs: Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Tech Club, FinTech club, Middle East & North Africa Club, Energy Club, Wharton Latin American Student Association, Cluster Council, Europa! Club, Penn Students for Justice in Palestine, Russian Club, Politics & Public Policy Club
Where did you hangout off campus?
- 2116 Chestnut, otherwise known as the unofficial Wharton dormitory.
When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
- My many years working as a management consultant have biased me to always choose the aisle seat.